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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 13, 2011 2:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte???

The gear they used on that tour may have contributed to that particular sound; it would have been the same through the tour. As for the tapes, I think most of our copies come from the 2-tracks actually (not the 16-tracks) - but Betty would have overseen recording those as well, so they would have been expertly mixed.
If you don't like the Sept '72 tapemixes, blame Bear - he recorded those!

As for what explains the huge jump in playing quality between March & April '72, or for that matter how they stayed on that high level through May, presumably without any rehearsals between shows, now that's a mystery.

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2011-04-13 09:38:56

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Apr 13, 2011 5:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte???

Europe 72 was also recorded onto 10 inch - 2 track reels by Betty.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 13, 2011 4:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte???

"As for what explains the huge jump in playing quality between March & April '72, or for that matter how they stayed on that high level through May, presumably without any rehearsals between shows, now that's a mystery."


That has been attribted to "Hypnocracy"

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 13, 2011 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte???

Nice reference Cliff. Hunter still moving forward:

http://www.jambands.com/news/2011/04/11/jim-lauderdale-and-robert-hunter-to-collaborate-on-reason-and-rhyme

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Apr 13, 2011 4:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Monte???

Somewhat formulaic nature of the first sets a la May '77?

Relaxed nature of the tour, which was described at times like a family vacation? (although that did not work so well in Egypt a few years later)

Inspiration by the old music halls that they were playing in? This may have also contributed to the sound i suppose.

Seems like there are lots of possible reasons why these shows were so tight. I still think there are individual shows in '71 and summer/fall '72 that are as enjoyable if not more so, but at no point could you match the consistency of this tour.